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COMMERCE CITY — Almost 40 national lacrosse teams are competing this week at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City for the International Federation of Lacrosse World Cup.
The sport, which has its roots in a number of Native American tribal games, has a record number of teams and fans on hand for the competition.
For the first time ever, a team from Uganda is representing the Africa continent, and the Belgium national team also is making their first appearance at the World Cup.
In 2008, several international federations representing various branches including men’s and women’s organizations merged and became the Federation of International Lacrosse, the governing body for all international lacrosse. The teams will be competing over 10 days to make it into the bracket stage of tournament play which will lead ultimately to determining the winner of the World Cup.
Since the international tournament was founded in 1967, the United States has won nine titles while Canada has won two.
On Sunday the USA national team took on the national team of Japan to a near standing-room-only audience. The Americans easily defeated the Japanese team 21-3 to remain undefeated.